For whatever mood you are in

Triage of reads that, in my opinion, work well together When you are in the mood for some deep introspection Romanticism, yearning, disappointment, betrayal in much earlier times. Nail biting action, fast paced and adrenalin pumping reads you can chew on. The raunchier, experimental, freer side of living and writing. (Bukowski title in English is: …

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Sharing books

My sister first introduced me to Anne Perry and her historical (Victorian era) detective fiction. Her two most popular series are The Monk Mysteries set in the 1850s/60s and the Thomas Pitt Mysteries set in the 1880s/90s. She also has a WWI series and a Christmas series along with loads of other works. Her evocation …

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Chineasy by SHAOLAN

Back to basics Characters representing words placed on an associated pictorial (see cover page drawing where feet and a head were added to the two black strokes representing person). That is how SHAOLAN proposes to teach us the basics of the Chinese language. Intriguing. The author/artist/businesswoman came up with the concept while teaching her own …

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Word nerd

I declare myself a word nerd. Being a Generation X'er I spent all my school years flanked by a full arsenal of monolingual, bilingual, technical and foreign language Dictionaries, Lexicons, Grammar helpers and Thesauruses. Ahhh! the phonetic and auditory rush derived from a satisfying mouthful of words. Decisive dental notes (deleterious, terminate, tranquillity), sibilant whispers …

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In the Woods by Tana French

Tana French's novel, In the Woods, (the first of her Dublin Murder Squad Series) is for those who aren't put out by the unexpected. You won't find the neatly wrapped up finish wherein, as per usual, the boy gets the girl and justice is had by all, where all problems are resolved and all enigmas …

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Fear from Fiction

Picture this...Grade five, recess time and a ball buster boy in my class (Martin) told me that years ago someone had hung themselves in the basement of my house. He offered up horrific details as I stood silent, my insides churning and a cold sweat running over me while the other kids laughed and played …

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Wine, War and more

For history buffs, wine lovers and those who just like a good old fashioned mystery, I need to share the following reads. Wine and War by Don and Petie Kladstrup. This book was gifted to me years ago and although I initially thought it would be somewhat dry, I couldn't have been more wrong. It …

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Revelations of a bookcase

If you want to gather insight so as to know someone better, spend some time checking out what they read. Or better yet, take some time to peruse their bookcase. Allen Ginsberg famously said, "You are what you think about all day" and Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin remarked, "Tell me what you eat and I will …

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The Lover by Marguerite Duras (L’Amant)

The power of love and love as power I don't know about you, but usually if I have read a book, I won't watch the film version and vice versa. Having said that, there are, as always, exceptions to the rule. The Lover (L'Amant in original language) by Marguerite Duras is an autobiographical novel. It …

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Falling for Autumn

Some say it is because I was an October baby, others believe it is because I am a Libra, still others disagree completely with me. But I have always maintained that Autumn, for me, is the best season of all! Against the brazen optimism that is spring, the carefree spirit of summer and the crisp …

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